ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (KDKA) – A local baseball field reopened today after receiving a matching grant from Pirates Charities last year.

According to a press release from the Pirates, the North Market Street Junior Field in St. Clairsville, Ohio was one of 22 recipients of a matching grant from the Pirates Charities’ “Fields for Kids” program in 2010.

Several improvements were made to the field, including better drainage and dugout upgrades.

The St. Clairsville High School softball team will be using the field for its home games.

“The ‘Fields for Kids’ program has been very successful as we have worked with community leaders throughout our region to improve the conditions on nearly 50 fields during the program’s first two years,” Pittsburgh Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting said. “More importantly, it has helped give thousands of area youth the opportunity to focus on productive activities and positive interaction with their peers, coaches and parents.”

This is the third year for the “Fields for Kids” program. In all, 48 grants have been issued that total over $200,000.

Applications for the 2011 grants are currently being accepted. Applications are available on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ official website.


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